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Nates Corsair Crystal Cortex (Corsair 460X White)

by nateo200


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Date Published

May 5, 2018

Date Built

May 1, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.012 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

48.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


So finally after saving and building and saving and building some more I have arrived at a good "base" to post for what I consider complete!! I went with a $35 cheapo case in fall of last year because I didn't see anything I liked.....until I was directed to the Corsair Crystal Series 460X and 570X.......I had a hard time deciding between the two but I suck with cable management, the honey comb grills on the 570X don't look as proper as the 460X's and the cheaper price didn't hurt!! I also really prefer compact cases! From the start in the fall I knew I wanted all white.....Graphics card was what I could afford but I at least got the 6GB model for video editing and I'm sure some games like the extra VRAM. Wildlands easily goes over 5GB's on Ultra and FiveM hits 4.8GB's easily...3GB's feels so....7xx series!!......in the future I'd love to snag a Galax 1070Ti all white (as seen on Tech Deals YT channel).

Ryzen 5 1600 was a compromise over a Ryzen 7 1700X......with college, money was / is tight but the Ryzen 1600 OC'd to 3.95GHz in a pinch (currently sitting at 3.91GHz at 1.35volts) and my MSI B350M Mortar Arctic is beautiful....I only wish MSI put the full heat sink on the top VRM's like they do on the ATX version of this board.....The Deepcool CAPTAIN 240EX in white is a great AIO! I really love it. I wish I grabbed the version with the white AIO body since I use ML120 Pro WHITE LED's anyways but oh well. For RAM, I actually have three white 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT modules with one Ballistix Elite 4GB at 3000MHz....dumb....trust me, it looks funny, timings are different and it gets in the way of my top mounted radiator which means I actually have the radiator mounted closest to the glass via two screws on opposite corners through the top grills because the Elite module gets in the way and I'm too stubborn to give up RAM capacity at the moment! Not to worry! The 4GB model will likely be given to my little sister for her computer build and I'll have a full 32GB set of white crucial RAM! Able to run dual channel at 2400MHz, with 3 modules I had a lot of trouble with 2666MHz to the point where it wouldn't post and I'd have to remove everything so I'll stick with 2400MHz for now :D

ML120 Pro LED White's because I love them and they move air through my radiator like a champ. One SP120 LED White in the rear at a slow rate to help any extra hot air escape and the stock SP120 RGB's in front. Right now all I have are SSD's.....I repurposed them from external enclosure duty when I used them to edit video on my MacBook Pro. The PSU is a Seasonic and thank God for modular PSU's! Although I plan on some white cable mod extensions later. My 25" LG 21:9 Monitor is great, only have one but I will be grabbing another one at some point....keyboard is very....basic...but got it for free! I use an Xbox One controller for select games coming from a console and my mouse is very nice for the price!

I guess that is it! If I can get the photo's up please check them out and do ask any and all questions! Would love to answer any questions and discuss! Thanks!

(NOTE: Some of the photos are a day old so you'll see an SP120 next to an ML120 on the radiator as my additional ML120 arrive a few hours ago! I also got rid of the AF120 and move the SP120 to the rear to run at low speed exhaust but with similar airflow and my rig stays REALLY cool!)

EDIT: 06/19/18 I received my 1700X in the mail! I have wanted to build my dad and sister a family PC because I wanted to move up to 8 cores but have a good Ryzen 1600. My sister is artsy and her cheap laptops can't handle her drawing tablet and photoshop. The one time I wish I had a cheap GPU lying around or an iGPU -_-. Anyways, the 1700X hit 3.85GHz at 1.35volts easy, I haven't tried to push it farther as the 20ºC temp offset had me adjusting fan curves way too long. It seems like a pretty good chip, even if I can't hit 4.0 or 3.95 or even 3.9GHz I am only losing a little bit of clock speed for an additional 2 cores / 4 threads. Recording with OBS on the 1600 was easy but recrding on the 1700X is trivial now which makes gaming nicer!

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Marbs 2 points 10 months ago

I have been looking at that case for a while? Do you really think it's worth the money?

nateo200 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

I have to justify everything I buy...ESPECIALLY anything over $150 and this was $151~ or so shipped. I'm glad I had free 2-day shipping with Prime since it wasn't until I got the case open and filled with my PC parts that I realized how beautiful it was. It is really well made and has tempered glass on the front and side BUT most importantly the thermals do NOT suffer! My overclocked Ryzen 1600 with my 240mm radiator idles at 28C! It is a mid-tower case and space is not as much as a full-size tower but I dislike full-size towers which is why this case was perfect. This case will last a long time and will certainly have a place for a long time.

It is worth the money. It is stunning in person, the pictures don't do it justice. I have my RGB fans set to white and my ML120's on my AIO are white as well and the theme is beautiful. I'd love to do a black theme with the 460X but with the 570X's reflective mirror tempered glass and matte finish version.

gorrillamcd 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Nice build man. Looks like it turned out great and idles at lower temp than mine. Did you mount the SSD's behind the mobo? How was cable management?

nateo200 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Hey! Just saw your post. I've been up all night so I'm sort of rambling so bare with me haha. I've spent a TON of time playing with the fan curves. I actually put a 140mm Corsair ML140 Pro in the middle of the two SP120 RGB fans since the 140mm can push more air, the middle SP120 RGB fan is now rear exhaust and the AIO has two ML120 Pro's. Looks a bit....different but the ML140 on it's own fan curve helps push a lot more cool air in to cool my single fan EVGA GTX 1060 6GB so the single fan doesn't have to spin at 4000rpm when I OC the crap out of it. The Deepcool CaptainEX 240mm AIO is impressive and beautiful....I never expected it to be this good and initially wanted to go with a Corsair H100i v2 or whatever the latest 240mm AIO they have.

Anyways I mounted both SSD's on the back in the 3 2.5" mounting solution. I really really suck with cable management and this case does require some thinking! The SSD mounting solution is cool but it gets in the way of here I could manage cables.

I had the 3.5" HDD drive cage taken out but I put it back in since I ordered a 2TB WD Blue Hard Drive...I sort of used that area to hide cables but with the HDD cage in I had to really anchor down cables. I am debating what my next drives will be....I might even go with a 2.5" HDD but that might be too loud...idk. I'll have an M.2 drive for sure and another 3.5" HDD which will probably be a 4TB or 6TB WD Red or Blue......

My Seasonic PSU is great but the SATA power cables suck for this case (I'll eventually get white braided extensions for the other cables so that may help a tiny bit). The 4 plug SATA cables are at an angle that makes it so pushing them down flat is difficult. I wish the side of the case had like a third of an inch bulge instead of being flat but oh well, I just have to tell shove the side on and it works and looks fine.

I really really love this case so it was worth it but some people won't have the patience and will just by a full tower EATX capable case and plug everything in and not worry about keeping things neat....I like mid-towers, they are pretty much what I consider the norm. Even if I had a 1920X with two high-end GPU's I'd still go mid-tower and make it work. I can transport my PC if I need to pretty easily although I do have to keep in mind the tempered glass. Like I've posted before, this case will have a long life with whatever I put in it.

Anyways I'm done rambling haha. If you have any questions just ask! I love working on this PC inside and out. I'll post some new pictures of the latest configuration, won't look to much different except for the ML140 fan in the middle which is a bit of a different brightness and more white than the SP120's. I'll post a picture of my "cable management" later today once my 2TB HDD arrives. The HDD Cage sticks out past the shroud a bit but hiding it would get in the way of the PSU a bit too much.

gorrillamcd 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

No worries about the rambling, it's good info.

I guess I'll have to look into getting another fan in the back for exhaust. Everything runs fine right now, but I've upgraded to an NVMe M.2 drive and want to make sure it doesn't thermal-throttle. Having the M.2 is nice since I'm now able to take the ssd mounts completely out of the case, which gives a bit more room for cable management. If you went that route, you could get a 500gb M.2 and a couple large hdd's while still having more room in the back.

I agree, this is the best case I've ever built in, even with the lack of space behind the mobo. I'll be keeping it for my next couple builds at least. Moving it is kind of worrisome. I'll probably be shipping it to my new place later this year, and I've been thinking of how best to build the box to ship it in. I think I'll just end up removing the GPU and shipping the PC and GPU separate so that there's no stress on the PCIe socket from the weight of the GPU.

What's your settings for OC'ing the GPU? I honestly never got into overclocking before now since it was much more risky back in the day when I was building PC's in high school. I'm thinking about OC'ing mine from 1.66Ghz to 1.75 or 1.8 to get a bit more oompf out of it. I'll probably up the cpu OC a couple hundred Mhz as well.

nateo200 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Yeah, when I was in middle and high school when I built my first PC overclocking was a bit of a risk. My 1060 hits 2100MHz pretty easily with a 100MHz offset on the GPU clock. I push the power target to the max. Some games like Wildlands absolutely hate any overclocking...Wildlands will just crash instantly now if I OC my card when I got Wildlands last year it did not mind a moderate overclock. You definitely have to watch the OC's by game. A moderate overclock is usually safe for all games and a memory overclock is usually safe. I have a few games that I only punch in +35 on the GPU Clock to get to 2035-2050MHz.

DEFINITELY remove the GPU when transporting! Unless the GPU is in a custom loop using rigid tubes the PCIe could be damaged on either end. Kind of a strange way to figure out how to ship it but YouTube unboxing of CyberPC pre-builts, they keep the GPU mounted but they put in this strange packing "foam" that hardens. A believe some of their pre-builts come with a lot of glass. I know TechDeals did a Cyber PC review where he showed how they shipped it so I would YouTube that, it was a look at the i5-8400 6-core with a 1060 in a pre-built Cyber PC.

Thermal throttling on the M.2 drive will honestly depend on the board and the controller for the flash memory. Flash memory loves heat but the controller does not. My M.2 slot is right under the GPU which I think is a dumb place to put it but whatever. I have yet to fill it so I can't give any first hand advice but maybe some thermal pads and a mini heat sink could help. I've seen that before. I'd grab a 500GB or 750GB~ M.2 SSD and put in two big HDD's but I would probably still end up wanting to use my current SSD's inside the PC for more space! My board only has one M.2 slot but if it had three I'd probably remove the rear SSD bracket....I have one PCIe 16x slot but it only runs at PCIe 4x 3.0 speed....still pretty fast but unsure if that could support dual M.2's or find a single 1TB drive cheap...

nateo200 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

EDIT: 05/30/18. Just uploaded new photos of my latest setup as the old ones bothered me. Idk why I didn't take better pictures! I'm a photographer for crying out loud! Close ups and a moderate amount of bokeh + some Corsair fanboyism sprinkled on :D :D XD

nateo200 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

EDIT: 06/19/18 I received my 1700X in the mail! I have wanted to build my dad and sister a family PC because I wanted to move up to 8 cores but have a good Ryzen 1600. My sister is artsy and her cheap laptops can't handle her drawing tablet and photoshop. The one time I wish I had a cheap GPU lying around or an iGPU -_-. Anyways, the 1700X hit 3.85GHz at 1.35volts easy, I haven't tried to push it farther as the 20ºC temp offset had me adjusting fan curves way too long. It seems like a pretty good chip, even if I can't hit 4.0 or 3.95 or even 3.9GHz I am only losing a little bit of clock speed for an additional 2 cores / 4 threads. Recording with OBS on the 1600 was easy but recording on the 1700X is trivial now which makes gaming nicer!

I updated Ryzen Master but Windows still sees the 20ºC offset I guess? My motherboard does not but HW Info does and the fans seem to follow what HW Info is going by? Not sure how to fix this one....for now I just set the fan curves to what they will be in Windows when it thinks the CPU is 20ºC hotter...

nateo200 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

4GHz at 1.3625volts has been running rock solid. Very happy!

adamzmoney 1 point 5 months ago

Beautiful build! I have been worried about pulling the trigger on a 460 versus the 570. I prefer the smaller size, full psu shroud and covered back panel for cable management, but it looks like it would be a real tight fit with the addition of a rear sp120 and top mounted 240 rad. Did you run into fitment issues with the rad, mobo and ram?

nateo200 submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

It is worth it if you ask me! Mobo was no problem at all but I did use an mATX case but when I upgrade to a full ATX it will be tighter but this will not be a problem so long as you route the cables that go at the bottom first. I literally just finished doing this with my dad and sisters PC. The radiator fits the front with ease but to fit it at the top you will need low profile ram so no Vengence RGB RAM or anything like that. The RAM I used was perfecting and the top of the case has two sets of rails for adjusting radiators of different sizes but a 240 rad up top is the max I'd go....if you need more then a 360 rad up front will fit much better, avoid RAM issues and cool much better with slower spinning fans. The rear SP120 fit like a charm. In fact, I can adjust it as far up and as far down as the case allows so perhaps the pictures don't give it justice. The back side is not exactly as friendly for cable management but then I have never been great with that. I think it is easily worth it!

parsious 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

im not normally a fan of white / black and white builds but this looks stunning ... and the CPU pump block looks really nice.

JesterActual 1 point 4 months ago

You play fiveM? I've got some decent specs but I rarely can get high settings without problems via FPS any ideas on what I should upgrade? I've got a FX-8350, GTX 1050 ti

dextervanroo 1 point 3 months ago

Do you think it's possible a high profile RAM in this case with the AIO position?

JesterActual 1 point 1 month ago

Could we get a link to your stream or youtube? How's the PC handling on FiveM? My current setup, FX 8350, GTX 1050ti (4GBs) has been stuttering lately so I think it might be time for an upgrade.